20th Century Fox quietly released the trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence this past Sunday. Unlike the gigantic, Fourth of July sized fanfare for the likes of Batman v Superman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and X-Men: Apocalypse, the sequel to the 20 year old Roland Emmerich blockbuster now has a trailer for all of our enjoyment and fan analysis.
We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.
Naturally launching alongside the Independence Day: Resurgence trailer is a viral site – War of 1996. War of 1996, “a fictional experience”, takes us through an interactive timeline filling us in on the history that has occurred in the time since “Independence Day” movie.
HUMANKIND HAD NEVER COME SO CLOSE TO ANNIHILATION, NOR HAD IT EVER TRIUMPHED OVER SUCH A POWERFUL FOE. LET US NEVER FORGET THE FALLEN, AND FOREVER REMEMBER THAT UNITY IS OUR GREATEST STRENGTH.
While I must recommend checking out War of 1996, I would like to point out a few important details learned from the timeline which takes us through 1996 to present day.
The Earth Space Defense is formed after an “unprecedented unity amoung the nations of the world.” David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) is named the director of the ESD.
A large group of aliens in a remote part of the African Congo. It takes five years to subdue the final alien holdouts. Taking almost a decade after the invasion, the “Congo Ground War” is the name given to the conflict between the ESD and the lone survivors of a crashed City Destroyer.
The Earth Space Defense, ESD, opens Moonbase.
Explaining the absence of Will Smith’s Col. Steve Hiller, we learn that the world has begun experimenting and incorporating the alien technology into our own tech and weaponry. Col Hiller, while testing one of the F-22’s outfitted with alien tech, tragically dies due to a malfunction. “The world mourns Col. Hiller” while he leaves behind his wife and son, Dylan.
And on a completely fanboy-ish note…
The trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence gives us not only a tease of one of the hardest working actors in the business today, William Fichtner, but also brings up a lot of fun memories I have of the original, ID4.
I had the Trendmasters action figures, playsets, vehicles, and floppy disk games included. That was a fun time for toys and being a kid. ID4 was a huge movie when it came out and while I have certain issues with the film today as I favor more family based alien invasion movies like M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs and Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, ID4 was an extraordinarily epic blockbuster about humanity’s first contact with aliens and the subsequent invasion and battle. Resurgence, much like The Force Awakens, appears to be a story focused as much on the themes of time and age as it is about aliens. Seeing familiar faces like Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pulman, and Judd Hirsch is massively exciting and Independence Day: Resurgence is now at the top of the list for me. The film opens June 2016.
Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe and Sela Ward, Independence Day: Resurgence, twenty-two years in the making, features a script by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin and James Vanderbilt, James A.Woods and Nicolas Wright.
Now if only Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin can get going on Stargate!